Attested:  RC Bolvelaunio

WhereBrent Knoll, a prominent isolated hill on the north of the Somerset Levels, topped by a fort with possible Roman archaeological traces, at ST340509.

Name originBol- occurs in many later place names with a sense of ‘rounded hill’, from PIE *bhel- ‘rounded object’, as in bole and ball, and probably in Vindobala on Hadrian’s Wall.  About *vellaunus see Velunia.

Notes:  This location outranks other stand-out islands in this originally marshy area, such as Glastonbury Tor and Dundon hill-fort, because of the order in which RC lists names.

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Last Edited: 12 August 2016